• Enter DON JOHN andBORACHIO

    DON JOHN

    It is so. The Count Claudio shall marry the daughter of
    Leonato.

    BORACHIO

    Yea, my lord, but I can cross it.

    DON JOHN

    Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be med'cinable to
    5me. I am sick in displeasure to him, and whatsoever comes
    athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine. How canst
    thou cross this marriage?

    BORACHIO

    Not honestly, my lord, but so covertly that no dishonesty
    shall appear in me.

    DON JOHN

    10Show me briefly how.

    BORACHIO

    I think I told your lordship a year since how much I am in
    the favor of Margaret, the waiting gentlewoman to Hero.

    DON JOHN

    I remember.

    BORACHIO

    I can, at any unseasonable instant of the night, appoint her
    15to look out at her lady’s chamber window.

    DON JOHN

    What life is in that to be the death of this marriage?

    BORACHIO

    The poison of that lies in you to temper. Go you to the
    Prince your brother. Spare not to tell him that he hath
    wronged his honor in marrying the renowned Claudio,
    20whose estimation do you mightily hold up, to a
    contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
  • Enter DON JOHN andBORACHIO

    DON JOHN

    It’s arranged. The Count Claudio will marry Leonato’s daughter.

    BORACHIO

    Yes, my lord, but I can spoil it.

    DON JOHN

    Any obstacle or barrier to Claudio’s happiness will be like medicine to me. I hate him so much it makes me sick, and whoever can ruin his happiness will make me happy. How will you wreck this marriage?

    BORACHIO

    I can only do it by lying, my lord, but I can do it so secretly that no one will suspect me.

    DON JOHN

    Quickly, tell me how.

    BORACHIO

    I think it was a year ago that I told you how much Margaret, Hero’s servant woman, likes me.

    DON JOHN

    I remember.

    BORACHIO

    I can arrange it so that at some indecent hour of the night, she looks out Hero’s bedroom window.

    DON JOHN

    How will that kill this marriage?

    BORACHIO

    That part is up to you. Go to the Prince, your brother, and tell him that he has done a terrible thing by matching the renowned Claudio—whom you greatly admire—with such a tainted whore as Hero.